Why should you use data destruction services?

The threat of identity fraud is more pressing than ever. Seemingly every week, news stories appear detailing another attack on an individual or business whose identity has been used to commit fraud. Safe disposal of electronic information is therefore crucial to help minimize the risk of this happening. As more and more people become reliant on technology in their home and working lives, the amount of data being stored on PCs and laptops has grown enormously. When these computers pass onto to other owners or are replaced at the end of their useful lifetime, the data contained within could be used by all manner of criminals to help endanger your privacy.

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The software options available to ‘wipe’ a hard drive are not always secure. Some programs are successful in erasing all the confidential information on the disc, but others only remove the file directories – the information remains untouched. Other software is available which can then restore the directories and access this private data, making the personal documents or company transactions visible once more. In most cases, those that would use such software to restore information are not doing so for honest reasons.

Data destruction services physically destroy the hard drive, making it unreadable. This is really the only secure way of permanently preventing the information being retrieved and used criminally. A hard drive contains a platter or disc inside the casing, on which the data is written. Using an industrial drill process to shatter and corrupt this platter prevents any other device being able to ‘read’ the disc and obtain its contents. Although many people attempt to do this at home, for the utmost security it is imperative to use a professional service and perhaps hire a data destruction firm in Orange County.

In recycling, the iron based metals and the non-ferrous components are removed, before copper elements, printed circuit boards and plastic parts are also removed. In many instances, these can be reused in new devices. Using a full data destruction service offers the peace of mind that it is impossible for the data to be recovered and to fall into the wrong hands. Data protection legislation states that all personal information must be securely disposed of at such a time when it is no longer required. Although destroying hard drives at home might sometimes work, using a company offering this service will create a paper trail which protects the company from claims of malpractice: should there be an audit, for example, being able to offer the dates and details of using data destruction companies would be very beneficial.

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Go Greener in Honor of Earth Day!

Is your house or office space cluttered with old and unused electronics? Are you unsure of how to handle or remove this clutter? Well in observance of Earth Day, why not take them to a reputable EPA-approved e-waste recycling firm that specializes not only in e-waste recycling but also in hard drive data destruction. Today, we celebrate Earth Day, a day that encourages society to go greener and protect mother-nature while promoting a sustainable environment through recycling and secure data destruction. In support of Earth Day, businesses and residents are encouraged to gather up all their obsolete and unwanted electronics including computers, cell phones, laptops, printers, and televisions and request a free pickup from a certified recycling firm. According to the Earth day organization, the U.S. produces approximately 50 million tons of e-waste per year and an astonishingly 25% or less of that are actually recycled and safely disposed of. So you might ask yourself, where does the rest of the e-waste end up? Well, most end up in landfills where lead and other toxic chemicals are released into the atmosphere causing pollution and health problems.

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Many of us can relate to the endless amount of papers piled up in our offices yet how many of us actually do anything about it? A great alternative to recycling is donating the electronics to schools or charities that could put better use of these items. If a computer cannot be salvaged or repaired then the best thing to do is to recycle. Sometimes recycling is inevitable as in this very case. Keep in mind that recycling is a way for manufacturing companies to use parts from a recycled electronic and refurbish the item to be sold in stores. With that said, recycling serves an economical purpose as well as environmental one. Here are a few tips to keep your business and home a whole lot greener:

  • Gather together all your unused or obsolete electronics
  • Find a reliable recycling company for pickup service or on-site/drop-off service
  •  For security, make sure to ask for proof of destruction. Most companies may provide a certificate of destruction so you can be rest-assured that your privacy and identity has been kept confidential.

By following these tips, you will have a piece of mind knowing that you not only cleaned up all that clutter but also did your part in helping the environment. Make saving the environment a habit instead of a one-time practice. Pledge an “act of green” today. Mother Nature will appreciate your good deed this Earth Day. If you’re looking for an Orange County data destruction center then request a quote from West Coast Computer Recycler.